Help! Is this a good saddle?

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    02-11-2012, 11:57 PM
Help! Is this a good saddle?

I'm dying to get into Reining and I'm wondering what you all think of this saddle?


Thanks so much in advanced!
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    02-12-2012, 12:01 AM
'any western saddle that retails new for 399 cannot be very good. Sorry. They dont' come close to good (new) til 900 and more , and that's a pretty much rock bottom minimum
    02-12-2012, 12:11 AM
Awh, darn. :(

Is this saddle any better?

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    02-12-2012, 12:48 AM
That one looks a bit better. If I were you, I would shop locally for used saddles. That way you can sit in them.
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    02-12-2012, 07:07 PM
Of all the reining saddles listed on Ebay that might be in the price range that you seem to be looking at this is the only saddle that I would consider in that range.

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    02-12-2012, 09:09 PM
So the above saddle is good for Reining? I noticed that it has a square skirt instead of a shaped skirt though. Is that okay? Sorry I've always ridden English so I'm pretty clueless when it comes to western riding.

Also how do I figure out what size gullet and type of bars my horse needs?
    02-12-2012, 09:40 PM
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Well, you'll have to try some saddles on your horse before you have a clue what gullet size and bars you need. My dad told me that it's easier to get a wider saddle that you can pad for than one that will pinch your horse, and if you're just starting, buy a used saddle and find out what you need before getting a new one.
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    02-12-2012, 10:42 PM
I'm saddle shopping to and I like to go to tack stores instead of online, because you can't sit in them and see if they are really what you want.
    02-12-2012, 10:56 PM
The problem a lot of times with trying local tack stores is that they do not carry reining saddles. Non around here do. I know what I like b/c I have ridden in a lot of different saddles as my trainer has so many. That is really the only way to really know what you will like. Sitting on one in a tack store is not going to give you a really good idea. It will give you a general idea but once you put them on a horse and actualy move in them it will change.

As for the bars. Normally if it is a QH you will need full QH bars. Then you can take a hanger and bend it around the horses withers and find out what size of FQB you will need. My reiners take FQB and about a 7-7 1/4 in. However if you can ride on several with your horse at a trainers if you have a reining trainer in your area.
    02-12-2012, 10:59 PM
This is one if my reining saddles. I picked this one to show b/c it is a saddle smith saddle. A bit higher end then the one I posted from Ebay but they are good saddles for what they are.


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